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Kenneth Shelton    

Speaker, Consultant, Photographer, Instructional Designer, Trainer & Educator

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level.

As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken was also named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Education Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Creative Expression, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is currently the Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, for EdTechTeam.

Ken has had the privilege to speak at many major conferences and events around the world as well as schools and school districts. He brings a worldly breadth of experience knowledge, and perspective. Ken also had the privilege to speak at the TEDx Burnsville ED event as well as CRESSTCon16 at UCLA in front of a predominantly Higher Ed audience

Speech Topics


Generation NOW: 21st Century Learning

We have a startling level of accessibility to information and resources. Today’s learner is not only conditioned for immediate feedback, in many cases the desire for immediate results is expected. As a result, one of the more significant challenges we face is to appropriately engage and connect with today’s learner. When it comes to technology and digital resources, many of these forms of engagement can occur at varying lengths of time from seconds to semesters. Whether it be teaching, learning, or creating, we have a plethora of resources available, literally at our fingertips. During this interactive keynote we will explore ways in which these resources can foster increasing degrees of engagement from a teaching, learning, and creating perspective.

iInspiration, iMotivation, and Technology

Technology in its current state provides us with immediate access to information as well publication of our own original works. This poses both a challenge and a solution in Education. This session will take a closer look at how we can leverage our use of technology to facilitate higher levels of Intrinsic Inspiration and Motivation in both teaching and learning. The keynote will include interactivity with the audience, so all participants will be able to develop, identify, and share effective strategies to increase Inspiration and Motivation in teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Design Matters

In today’s age, the terms learning and classroom (learning space) have taken on a myriad of different and newer meanings. Both regularly occur and are associated with physical and digital environments. Often times the design of these environments can be a determining factor in the desired outcomes. In both cases, the designs of each can not only influence the learner, but also the breadth and quality of their learning experience. It is this experience that can mean the difference between successful engagement in learning and disengagement. During this keynote we will examine ways in which we can leverage the designs of physical and digital space to create a unique learner experience as well as strategies for effective design of learning environments. Because, Design Matters.

Transformational Teaching and Learning with Technology

In our quest to provide students with a rich learning environment, we often strive to find ways to further engage our students. In some cases, this may involve the use of technology to a variety of degrees. Since technology has a ubiquitous influence in the everyday lives of our students, one of our biggest challenges is to identify ways in which we can leverage it for increased student learning. This keynote will examine a variety of methodologies and strategies for effectively implementing and integrating technology into the curriculum. We will also look at ways in we can leverage the use of technology to increase student engagement.

The Power of Voice in the Digital Age

When technology is used effectively and responsibly we have the ability to share many things, including our thoughts, ideas, and learning in a variety of ways. In some cases, these thoughts can drive change from how we learn to even greater change within our social and political systems. We also need to have a strong understanding of what being a Digital Citizen truly means. The key is to leverage the use of our "voice" as a catalyst for representing and presenting our thinking. This keynote will take a close look at how technology can and is being used as a conduit for our voice.

Techquity: Creating Learning Environments For Sustainability, Equity and Access

Learn how to address one of the biggest challenges educators face today -- providing students with equitable learning opportunities. The primary purpose of this keynote is to provide a detailed analysis into why we must ensure our students are provided a diverse and equitable educational experience. Further expanding on the primary purpose will be a look at how technology serves as both a needed and critical component to that end. Also we will look at how to incorporate a culturally relevant and cultural responsive pedagogy to any content area.

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